Shin Azumi’s design philosophy focuses on a synchronisation between physical and psychological functionality, believing that functionality is the key to increasing the durability of a design. “Great design is something that changes our way of thinking as well as our way of life” says the Japanese designer.

Born in Kobe, Japan in 1965, Shin Azumi’s recalls his early childhood ambitions were to become a painter, cartoonist, or inventor, and he enjoyed art and object making in his youth. His creative endeavours led him to Kyoto City University of Arts, where he discovered the work of architects Tadao Ando and Toyo Ito, who inspired him to ‘design things that make a difference.’

After graduating and three years of working at NEC, Azumi moved to the UK to undertake a master’s in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London. After finishing his studies, Azumi stayed in London for another 25 years, where he established the design partnership Azumi Studio in 1995, and then A Studio, in 2005 in which he established international clientele including Lapalma, Magis, Muji, Desalto, Guzzini and more.

Shin Azumi’s work has received numerous design awards in Europe and in Japan, including the Blueprint 100% Design Award in 2003, the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in 2004, and most recently the Design Guild Mark awarded by the Furniture Makers’ Company in 2016. His works were acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Crafts Council, Die Neue Sammlung, and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt among many more. He is a visiting professor of Osaka University of Arts and a lecturer of Vitra Design Museum Workshop.

Timeline

1965
Shin Azumi born in Kobe, Japan
1989
Graduated from Kyoto City University of Art
1989
Began working for Japanese electronics group NEC
1994
Attained Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art
1995
Founded 'Azumi' with Tomoko Azumi
2003
Became workshop lecturer at Vitra Design Museum
2005
Founded 'A Studio'
2009
Became visiting Professor of Osaka University of Arts
2010
Designed Covet Desk and Particle Shelving for Case
2013
Became visiting Professor of Kobe Design University
2014
Designed Loku Range for Case

Awards

1999
Peugeot Design Awards / Ceramic, at Oxo Tower Wharf. UK - Snowman Salt & Pepper Shakers
1999
Good Design Award, JIDPO, . Japan - TOA / H-1 directional speaker, TOA / H-2 directional speaker
2000
FX International Interior Design Awards, UK. "Product of the Year" LEM stool
2000
Good Design Award, JIDPO. Japan - TOA / H-3 wide angle speaker, TOA / HB-1 Sub Woofer
2001
FX International Interior Design Awards, UK, "Furniture of the Year" HM30 sofa
2002
FX International Interior Design Awards, UK. "Best Public Space Lighting" Himi Fish Lamp
2003
FX International Interior Design Awards, UK. "Best Furniture for Public Space " Orbital Workstation
2003
Blueprint 100% Design Award, Best Contributor
2004
Elle Decoration Award & Best Furniture . Ship Shape by Isokon Plus ,Jerwood Applied Art Prize, Finalisted
2005
Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - TOA / ER-1106 megaphone
2005
Victoria & Albert Museum / Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award for Air Switch Az by Mathmos
2007
Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - FlowLounge office furniture series
2008
Good Design Award, Special Award of S & M Enterprises. Japan - Za bench system by Lapalma
2008
Victoria & Albert Museum / Homes & Gardens Classic Design Award 2008 UK - Yauatcha Tea Set
2009
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2009. Category: Furniture / Lighting product - Lem Stool by Lapalma
2010
Classic Innovation Award 2010, imm Cologne, Germany - LEM Stool by lapalma Good Design Award
2010
Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - Banquette / Cox by Estic
2011
Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - Isle by Estic
2012
Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - Cox Lounge Chair by Estic
2012
Best 100 of Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - Cacomi Meeting System by Itoki
2013
Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan - 24/7 Bed by Asleep
2016
Design Guild Mark Award by Furniture Makers' Company

Fact Sheet

Full name
Shin Azumi
Born
1965, Kobe, Japan
Nationality
Japanese
Education
Kyoto City University of Art, Japan
Alma Mater
Royal College of Art
Known for
LEM stool

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